Ever since the advent of the exciting T20 format, the face of cricket has seen a paradigm shift. T20 brings out an adrenaline rush in fans like nothing else, and has impacted the game positively.
India won the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007, beating arch rivals, Pakistan. And as we all very well know, Bangladesh are a team that could spell danger to any opposition on any given day.
The Bangla Tigers are slated to play a T20I series in their upcoming tour of India.
The two nations have played each other in the shortest format a total of eight times (India have won all), and CricWizz takes a look at the three best T20I encounters between the two sub-continental neighbours.
3. Nidahas Trophy, 2018 (India 176/3 beat Bangladesh 159/6)
Skipper Rohit Sharma performed when it mattered the most as India outclassed Bangladesh by 17 runs to cruise to the final of the 2018 Nidahas T20 tri-series.
It was Rohit’s 89 off 61 balls that took India to a competitive 176 for three in 20 overs and then young Washington Sundar (3/22 in 4 overs) blew away the top-order to help restrict the ‘Tigers’ to 159 for six in 20 overs.
Bangladesh’s inconsistency once again proved to be their bane as they found a target of 177 too hot to handle, having chased 215 in their previous encounter.
The 26 dot balls bowled by the spinnerw (13 each by Washington and Yuzvendra Chahal) proved to be decisive in the end.
Even though Mushfiqur Rahim fought well with some big shots, the match as a contest was over when Shardul Thakur managed to castle Sabbir Rahman.
2. ICC T20 World Cup, 2016 (India 146/7 beat Bangladesh 145/9)
After managing only a below-par 146 after Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza elected to bowl, India were poor on the field in a 2016 ICC T20 World Cup clash.
Bangladesh needed 11 runs off the final over, which Hardik Pandya was asked to bowl. Mushfiqur Rahim hit two successive fours leaving just two runs to get off the last three deliveries.
Both Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah lofted catches off the next two deliveries to deep midwicket, where Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja made no mistake.
Bangladesh needed two runs to force a tie, but Pandya bowled wide to beat Shuvagata Hom and Mustafizur Rahman was run out by MS Dhoni going for the bye that would have tied the game and forced the Super Over.
1. Nidahas Trophy Final, 2018 (Bangladesh 166/8 lost to India 168/6)
Dinesh Karthik played one of the most memorable knocks of his life to help India lift the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo.
India were staring down the barrel while chasing 167 for victory against Bangladesh in the final, and at one stage, were tottering at 133 for 5 in the 18th over.
The ‘Men in Blue’, under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, needed 34 runs from the last two overs and in walked Karthik after the fall of Manish Pandey’s wicket.
India were struggling to get the big hits as Vijay Shankar, who was sent ahead of Karthik, was struggling to put bat to ball.
But Karthik blew away Bangladesh in just the 8 deliveries that he faced, smashing 22 runs in the 19th over bowled by Rubel Hossain and then smashed a six off the last ball to lead India to victory in the T20 tri-series final against Bangladesh with 4 wickets in hand.